Archive for June, 2008
I got back from Bali a few days ago and I can still taste the Arak-laced Bali Long Island Ice Teas and the Satays. We had a fantastic time. Weather was balmy (not smoking hot like it was the last time I went in June) and every day was perfectly sunny.
DAY 1 – MARKET & ULUWATU
I arrived Thursday morning at 1 AM, grabbed a few hours sleep, and then went for a long beach jog at six in the morn. Absolutely beautiful as I ran towards the rising sun. Then, it was time for the delights of Bali Kopi (very fine grind coffee) and omelettes at the breakfast buffet.
Halfway through the morning I met up with Dee Ferdinand, who’d negotiated the services of his friend Bli Weweh to drive us around. What a deal we got!
First, he took us to a market where we ran the gauntlet of hard-selling stall owners.
Bli, Kevas (Lucky), Ladan, Edmund, and Dee at the market
With Dee and Edmund at market
Then, it was off to a small open-air restaurant north of Sanur for a delicious local lunch. It was a bit spicy for Ladan.
With Edmund, Ladan, and Dee after a great lunch
Uluwatu – Vishnu and Garuda
In the afternoon, we drove out onto the southern tip of Uluwatu. First stop – a big park in a quarry, dominated by a gigantic Vishnu and Garuda. Also, a great view of Bali.
With Ladan, Edmund, Dee, Stephanie, and Jimmy under the giant Vishnu
With Lucky, Jimmy, Stephanie, Edmund, and Ladan and view in background
With Ladan, Edmund, Dee, Jimmy, and Stephanie in front of Garuda
We went for a stroll amongst the gigantic blocks of rock, through alleyways cut out of the solid rock. Then, Edmund and I explored a small trail – until we came to a dead end.
A foot race back to the others, in which I’m glad to say I beat the little pirate — and ended the talk of “old guys” LOL.
Edmund being left in the dust
I also took a photo with my new dance partners.
Uluwatu – Cliffs, Waves, and Monkeys
Next stop was the point of Uluwatu, where there’s a temple and a beautiful park. Also, lots of impish little monkeys who will steal your sunglasses, hats, or anything else they can get their hands on. Lucky and I watched one demolish a pair of sunglasses in mere seconds.
Temple on the point at Uluwatu
A pesky monkey (Note the stolen hat)
Jimmy and I had to wear Sarongs to hide our sexy legs
With Stephanie, Bli, Jimmy, Edmund, Dee, and Ladan on the trail
DAY 2 – HANGING AT SANUR
On the second day, we had our full complement of marketers. We were ready for some serious (Yah, OK! We kinda talked business) business.
Big John Mann had finally made it (Only took him 2 days) and Dr Mani joined us for the day (He was also sightseeing with his family).
Big John – even bigger and uglier in person
As usual, I got some great tidbits of info from Dr Mani
We spent the rest of the day restauranting, shopping, and beach barring.
DAY 3 – OFF TO NUSA DUA
We all drove to Nusa Dua, where there was a big watersports center – parasailing, riding the flying fish, scuba diving, banana boating …
Strategy meeting in front of hotel? Or just deciding what drinks should be brought along?
Great view when the parasail pops you up far above the water
John getting ready to go, while we consider swapping to a freight chute
With Lyna, John, Shafir, Mari, and Frank having a refresher
Beach boys and girls in pink
Next, it was off on a banana boat – whereupon I nearly drowned Mari by landing on top of her (after I had done the dastardly deed of throwing her off the boat – muhahahah)
After my dunking, the adoring crowds of young muslim girls from West Java. Am I a rock star? Is it the beard?
DAY 4 – SATAY AND SHOPPING
On the last day, a number of us stuck around Sanur. Kevin Brown had to leave mid-morning and others were disappearing throughout the day. John, Lyna, Shafir, Teo, and myself strolled down the beach. First we haggled over batik shirts and then we had a great lunch of Shrimp Satays brought on small braziers.
The day ended with John, Lucky, and I drinking with a stray Brit at the beach bar up until the last minute before I had to grab my shuttle. By the time I caught my 1 AM flight out of Denpasar, I was ready to crash. Also, my voice had gone completely hoarse from so much talking. What a fun time it was!